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    Miami Nice – Four Miami Neighborhoods to Visit

    Location: Miami Florida USA

    Miami is much bigger than I expected.  A shiny port city with lots of shiny expensive cars and beautiful people.

    I was pleasantly surprised – arriving without really any expectations.  It’s beautiful, but

    Four Miami Neighborhoods to visit

    Ceviche at Jaguar

    also expensive.  There is a lot of traffic too, but we enjoyed our six days and explored as much as we could.

    I’m pretty sure I couldn’t afford to live here – but apparently a lot of people can.  The city is growing, with construction of both sky scrapers and roads all around.

    Four Miami neighborhoods to visit

    Cigar rolling Little Havana

    We stayed in a cute little cottage Airbnb in Coconut Grove – one of my favorite neighborhoods we discovered during our visit.  Here’s our list;

    Coconut Grove

    The Grove has a nice neighborhood feel, although mega mansions are hidden behind high walls and in immaculately landscaped gated communities.  But still it felt like a

    Four Miami Neighborhoods to visit

    Cuban Sandwich Little Havana

    family place, although we never saw a public school – we did count six fancy private schools within the neighborhood we were staying.  Coconut Grove reminded me of Pasadena, with similar street shopping and restaurants and sidewalk cafe’s.  But it also has a beautiful harbor with hundreds of sailboats and yachts moored.   Coconut Grove also has a “low rent” district, but as a visitor you are likely to spend your time in the historic old town.                                                                             Favorite Spot – Jaguar Restaurant for delicious Peruvian ceviche and other specialities.

    Little Havana

    Historic and quit small Little Havana is easy to explore – pretty much all on one street,

    Four Miami Neighborhoods to visit

    Art Deco south Beach

    Calle Ocho (8th Street).  Here you must try the amazing Cuban Coffee (similar to Turkish Coffee – sweet and strong) as well as delicious Cuban Food.  We ate lunch at Old’s Havana Cuban Bar and Cocina where we had a giant Cuban Sandwich and a delicious mango mojito.  There are some small shops and some kitschy Cuban souvenirs.  Stop to watch the old men playing Dominoes at Dominoes Park.                                                                                                                                                       Favorite Spot – Cuba Tobacco Cigar Company, family owned and operated by the Bellos Family for 100 years.  Here you can watch the art of hand rolling cigars.  Of course you can also buy cigars (many kinds and prices) if you are in to that.

    South Beach

    South Beach is every thing you imagined.

    Four Miami Neighborhoods to visit

    South Beach

    White sand, blue water, tropical pink lifeguard station and lots of sunbathers glistening in oil.  We spent several hours enjoying the sun and the warm waters of the Atlantic.  Quit the contrast to the Atlantic we watched a few weeks ago in Spain.  South Beach is home to a lot of celebrities, as well as high-end shopping, hotels, bars and restaurants.  Choose a street cafe and sip on one of the fishbowl sized tropical drinks and watch the people go by.                                                                                                                                 Favorite spot – South Beach’s famous Art Deco Architecture is worth a visit.  You can take a guided tour ($25) or just walk around on your own to see the wonderful collection, most very well-preserved, from the 1920’s era of glitz and glam.

    Wynwood Art District

    This reincarnated neighborhood is really cool.  You don’t need a lot of time here, or you can

    Four Miami Neighborhoods to bisit

    Wynwood Walls

    make it a full day because there are lots of restaurants, shops, art galleries and a couple of breweries.  This old industrial neighborhood used to be no mans land.  Until a few artists started opening up art space. It grew.  Someone painted a mural.  Then another.  Today nearly every paintable space in the small neighborhood is covered with art – more than 70 murals as well as sidewalk art and more.  It’s definitely unique, fun and colorful!                                                                                                   Favorite spot – the Wynwood Walls, an enclosed area of spectacular murals you can view for free.

     

    There is certainly more to Miami than these four neighborhoods – in fact a lot more.  We will need to visit again, to enjoy the beautiful weather, history, water and restaurant scene.  Miami nice.  Yes it is. Fabulous!

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    Reading Wednesday

    Book Review Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

    Reading Wednesday

    Location: Reading Wednesday

    Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil de Grasse Tyson

    Okay this guy is a total bad-ass.  And this book should be called Astrophysics for All You Stupid People.  Of which I am one.

    But de Grasse Tyson is way too nice (or maybe his editors are way to focused on selling books), but either way the premise behind this book is – bring simplified astrophysics to the masses.

    Author de Grasse Tyson is one of America’s most brilliant astrophysicists, while also being a talented writer, orator and teacher.  His efforts to help the average person understand and consider our universe and everything around us is noble.  He makes it fun, interesting and educational.

    That said there was SO MUCH of this book I still floundered through.  While other passages and chapters had me riveted and saying over and over “wow I never knew that.”  You can teach an old dog new tricks by the way.  And you don’t need to come away from this book understanding everything you have read.  No one is going to expect you to win a Nobel Prize or change your life or career.  But the one thing you can expect is to wonder.  Wonder and acknowledge how much we still don’t know, and how exciting that is.  Not just for us, but our progeny and generations to come.

    Even if it’s hard – you still should read it.

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Five stars for Astrophysics for People in a Hurry.

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    North America Travel

    My Favorite Things in Key West and Everglades Florida

    Worth a Visit

    Location: Key West & Everglades Florida

    We had eight days to enjoy Key West and the Everglades.  We didn’t see everything, but we did enjoy many things in both locations.  I’ve been intrigued by this area since I was a kid – but had only ever visited Florida’s northern gems – Pensacola, Orlando, Saint Augustine, Cape Canaveral.  Our time in the most southern part of this fascinating state was well spent.  Here are my favorites and recommendations for a visit to Key West and Everglades Florida.

    My Favorite Things in Key West and Everglades Florida

    You can easily do these two locations with a week’s vacation, although 8-10 days would be better.  If you want to add Miami (which we are doing next), you will need a few more days.  It’s very easy to drive from Miami to both Everglades and Key West, but it will take some time.  The roads are good but often two lane roads with maximum speed limits of 60 miles per hour. You will definitely need a car to get around both regions.  We started with a three-hour drive from Miami to Key West.

    Favorite Things Key West & Everglades

    What the Fish

    Key West

    On our drive from Miami we stopped for lunch in Key Largo at the famous “What the Fish” fish shack I had read about on Trip Advisor.  I’m so glad we did.  It ended up being one of the best meals we had in Florida.  We both had yellow tail fish tacos and beer, sitting in the glorious Florida sunshine enjoying the view of the yachts in the channel (known as waterways).  The service was incredible too.  Such a great way to start our visit.

    On arrival in Key West at Stock Island Marina, about ten minutes from historic downtown Key West, we found our little sailboat Airbnb.  Super cute, but super small.  It worked out fine, but I sure wouldn’t consider an extended stay in a tiny space like this again.  The best part was enjoying the marina’s pool, laundry and bar with live music.  I enjoyed drinking my coffee and watching the sunrise from the deck of the boat

    Favorite Things Key West & Everglades

    The Little White House

    each morning.

    My Fav Six Things to Do in Key West

    1. The Truman Little White House This historic home is part of a military installation that became a favorite destination for Harry S. Truman both during and after his presidency.  It’s a fabulous neighborhood (be sure to walk around and see more than just the house) and on the tour I learned so much about President Truman I did not know.  Fantastic tour.
    2. Hemingway House – Having only recently grown to admire Ernest Hemingway, I was very interested in learning more about his life.  This gorgeous home and tour is a fascinating look into the life of this incredible man – and the architectural masterpiece and gardens alone are worth the price of admission.  The tour was a little too big for my tastes, and a bit rushed.  But I still highly
      Favorite Things Key West & Everglades

      Hemingway House

      recommend it.

    3. Get Out on the Water – there are literally hundreds of ways to get out on the water in Key West.  Sport fishing is a huge draw to this area and dozens of operators offer fishing daily. Additionally there are kayak, canoe and standup paddleboard tours and rentals.  There are jet ski tours and rentals.  Sailing is popular and there are sunset sails with music and drinks. There are diving and snorkel tours by the hundreds.  We did a three-hour snorkel cruise (one hour each way and one hour in the water) to the Barrier Reef with Fury.  It was simple and all we needed and not at all expensive.  We’ve snorkeled all over the world, so it’s hard to compare, but we did enjoy the warm water, the beautiful purple fan coral, and some amazing encounters with beautiful fish.
    4. Duvall Street and Mallory Square – this is where you go to people watch, shop, drink and eat at all hours of the day and night in Key West.  It reminded me a bit of Nashville, with live music all day long.  We enjoyed a couple of meals and
      Favorite Things Key West & Everglades

      Snorkle fun

      drinks, and we watched the Apple Cup football game from a bar here.  It’s got a nice old funky vibe and is a Key West must.

    5. Eat at Blue Heaven – we read that Blue Heaven is one of Key West’s best and most popular eateries so we headed there for lunch.  The Thanksgiving holiday crowd was out in full force, so rather than waiting forty minutes for an outdoor table we enjoyed a delicious (but not cheap) lunch in their indoor dining room.  There special was a lobster grilled cheese sandwich, that sounded delicious, but at $23 I declined.  Instead I enjoyed a really delicious yellow fin tuna sandwich.  And we had to try their famous Key
      Favorite Things Key West & Everglades

      Dining at Latitudes Sunset Key

      Lime Pie.

    6. Eat at Latitudes on Sunset Key – we splurged on our last night in Key West to celebrate our 36th wedding anniversary with a dinner at Latitudes.  Reservations are a must at this beautiful restaurant located a ten minute boat ride away, on Sunset Key.  The boat ride is included in your meal.  The setting was spectacular as was the service.  A wonderful romantic evening and a lovely farewell to Key West.

    Did you know?

    Favorite Things Key West & Everglades

    Key West Rooster

    Cock fighting was outlawed in Key West in the mid 1970’s.  Ever since, the descendants of these chickens roam freely throughout Key West.  Currently they are well fed and living happily ever after.

     

    My Fav Six Things to do in Everglades

    1. Shark Valley Tram Trail – this is the closest I ever want to be to an alligator. Holy Cow, we saw hundreds of alligators laying all around the trail just a few feet from us.  Seemed kinda crazy to me how close we were.  I guess they must not be too dangerous, but still…You can take a tram with a guide on this trail, walk it or ride bikes.  It’s a 15 mile round
      Favorite Things Key West & Everglades

      Mama alligator and three babies

      trip.  We rented bikes, although the quality of the bikes was disappointing for the price, but still enjoyed the experience.  Not only did we see hundreds of alligators up close and personal, we saw turtles and an incredible collection of bird life.  An amazing experience.

    2. Airboat Tour – you can’t visit the Everglades without taking an air boat tour.  These boats are uniquely designed for the terrain and waterways and it was a fascinating way to see the mangrove forests.  A bucket list adventure for me.
    3. Visit tiny historic Everglades City– we stayed in a darling Airbnb in Everglades City, a tiny town of only 500 residents.  Built in the 1800’s as a company town by Barron Collier (whose name is still everywhere including in Collier County), Everglades
      Favorite Things Key West & Everglades

      Airboat Tour

      (renamed Everglades City in 1953) has struggled through the depression, WWII and numerous hurricanes that have nearly wiped it out.  And yet this sweet little place embraces its heritage with some well-marked interpretive historic markers, a handful of restaurants and a thriving air boat port.

    4. Big Cypress Preserve is not actually part of the National Park. It’s right near Everglades City and the preserve is worth a visit. Two waysides provide amazing alligator viewing as well as interesting birds, trees and marsh.
    5. Eat Alligator – with so many alligators in Florida it’s no surprise you find it on the menu – although mostly for tourists who want to say they ate some.  As I did. Served to me like chicken nuggets and tasted very much the same as well.
    6. Visit Naples – we took the drive north to Naples, less than an hour from where we were staying in Everglades City, to visit some old friends who were on vacation in Naples.  I’m really glad we did.  Naples is a beautiful city chock full of mansions and yachts and high-end shops – a complete contrast to little old Everglades City.

    Did you know?

    The Everglades, called the River of Grass because the area is technically a river sometimes 60 miles wide, is not a marsh or swamp. Native Americans called it pahayokee, or

    Favorite Things Key West & Everglades

    Everglades

    the grassy waters. The ecosystem protects 14 endangered and nine threatened species, including the Florida panther, the Atlantic Ridley turtle and the American crocodile. (Credit USA Today Travel Tips)

    Next Time

    Next time we visit I would like to go to the Southern section of the Everglades where the Flamingo Visitor entrance is.  The geology of all of Florida is fascinating.  It is also changing, both geologically and weather wise, prone of course to devastating hurricanes.  We throughly enjoyed our visit, and I’d love to come again, before climate change causes too much more damage.

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    Inspire

    The Suitcase Nomad Life

    Two Plus Years and Counting

    Location: Everglades Florida

    It’s been two years today since we took our shiny new REI bags and got on a plane to Thailand.  Although it’s actually been more than two years since we became suitcase nomads when we left our little condo rental and headed to Hawaii on June 12, 2016 (exactly two years, five months, 17 days, 12 hours, 45 minutes and 49 seconds ago).

    We have been living out of those (no longer shiny) REI bags now for 900 days.  In the beginning Arne said we would know after six months whether or not we could live this lifestyle.

    Suitcase nomad

    Our bags the day we left November 2016

    Apparently we can.

    65 Flights and 48 countries later here we are in Florida.  Florida?  How did we get here?

    We are on our way from Florida next week to five more months in South and Central America, seeing many countries we have wanted to visit for a very long time.  Expecting the suitcase nomad life to continue – full of adventure and fun.

    This week marked two years since we headed to Thailand as well as 36 years since we got married.  Our anniversary also

    Packing (again) after three weeks in Greece

    marked the closing day for the condo we have purchased (sight unseen) back in our home state of Washington.

    We plan to continue the suitcase nomad life, but we also look forward to having a “home” once again…a place we can unpack and kick back and call our own when we are in the USA.

    Suitcase nomad

    Leaving again August 2018

    But, that won’t happen until May.  Meanwhile my niece and her family will housesit in our new condo – while we continue gallivanting around…suitcase nomad life on a roll.

    It’s fun.  It’s exhausting.  It’s exciting. It’s hard.  It’s exhilarating. It’s monotonous. It’s not for everyone.  It’s our life.  This is our suitcase nomad life.

    I wouldn’t change it.  What we have seen.  What we have learned.  How we have grown.  What more could anyone ask for? My Fab Fifties Life.

     

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    Reading Wednesday

    Book Review Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI

    Reading Wednesday

    Location: Reading Wednesday


    Book Review Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and Birth of the FBI by David Grann.

    This book is written in a simple cadence, almost in a newspaper style.  Author Grann is in fact a writer for The New Yorker Magazine. And that makes for an easy read.  But the topic and story line are anything but simple.  In fact, the story is truly astonishing.  And for me the most astonishing thing about this true story is that I had never heard about it before.

    Killers of the Flower Moon chronicles the historic time in the 1920’s and 30’s in Osage Oklahoma when Osage Native American’s were being murdered left and right and nothing was being done about it.  Nothing.  A blind eye was turned for years – while mafia style corruption and murder was rampant in Oklahoma.

    The Osage tribe was some of the richest people in the United States at the time, due to oil reserves on their land.  But it took years for the government and law enforcement to acknowledge that the richest of Osages people where systematically being picked off.

    Eventually with the early form of the FBI and Herbert Hoover looking for some success to hang his hat on – an in-depth criminal investigation began in Osage, with the eventual arrest and conviction of two people.

    Out of the trial came a clear tale of corruption and collusion in every level of the community including law enforcement.  And even today the people of Osage, the FBI and the author acknowledge their were many other’s involved who were never arrested or tried for many other murders which were never connected to the scheme. Possibly hundreds of murders.

    It was a different time in our country and yet, it still makes me angry and ashamed.  Because you bet if this had  been happening to the rich Rockefeller or Getty’s in the East or the Hollywood moguls of the west it would never have continued for so long and hurt so many.  But, this was a look the other way crime, minorities are lesser citizens case of pure and evil racism and murder.

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Five stars for Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI.

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    Everything Else Fabulous

    In Sickness and In Health – When You Are Sick or Injured While Traveling

    Location: The Grand Adventure

    It’s been more than a month since I felt myself coming down with a cold.  My glands were swollen and my throat was sore. We were walking the cold and wet Camino and I started pumping the vitamin C hoping…

    Alas, four and a half weeks later – and a lot of cold and flu meds, one round of antibiotics and a vat of cough syrup – I am now only coughing a couple of times an hour.

    Seriously – four plus weeks.

    About the time I was starting to feel better, I spent an entire day on the laptop, during a rainy and windy day in Cadiz, Spain.  The next morning I woke up with a pinched nerve in my neck and a terrific pain in my arm.

    I’ve been nursing that along now for the past week.

    It’s not fun being sick or injured when you travel.  But the reality is, when you travel full-time, it’s going to happen.  There is no way around it.  Eventually you are going to get sick or have an accident or injury.

    Since we started our travels two and half years ago the worst thing that has happened was when my husband got bit by a dog in Thailand.  Since then we have both suffered colds (although I always seem to get it worse than he does) and stomach issues (never fun, and we are very cognizant of what goes into our mouths) as well as general aches and pains most Fabulous Fifties people suffer.

    I visited a dentist in Tunisia when I had a very painful tooth.  She was great and helped me eliminate the pain without anything too invasive.

    All in all I feel like we have been pretty lucky.

    We carry general over the counter meds from the USA as well as some prescription antibiotics for emergencies.  And we have found pharmacies around the world are very helpful.

    Although my cough lingers ever so slightly I feel well on my way back to 100%.  I’ve put myself on an ibuprofen regiment for my pinched nerve (self diagnosed but I’ve had this before and this is what my doctor recommended) and have committed to having perfect posture when I am working on the laptop from here on.

    And I’m thankful.  Thankful we are healthy enough in our Fab Fifties to tackle this grand adventure – come rain or shine, and in sickness and in health.

    Fabulous!

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    Europe Travel

    Touring Andalucia

    Sevilla, Malaga, Granada, Gibraltar & Cadiz

    Location: Andalucia, Spain

    Spain is a big country.  Over the past two years we have had the wonderful opportunity to see many of her charms.  From the Pyrenees to Barcelona, from Galicia to Madrid.   We haven’t seen it all, but we have loved the beauty, hospitality and pace of life in Spain.

    I recommend visiting the famous cities such as Barcelona and Madrid – but I also recommend taking the slow tour and indulging in the beautiful smaller and towns, such as in the alluring Andalucia (And-a-loo-THEE-a) region.  The rich history, bewitchingl music and dance, sublime scenery and delicious food

    Touring Andalucia

    Roughly our route

    make Andalucia one of my favorite regions in Spain.  Touring Andalucia is easy and fun.

    With a fascinating story that includes Phoenicians, Moors, Romans and Christians – Andalucia is a treasure chest of ancient history, architecture and lore.

    We had two weeks for touring Andalucia.  We wanted to take our time and languish in the towns.  So we didn’t see it all, but here are our recommendations for enjoying and touring Andalucia on your holiday.

    Sevilla

    Sah- VEE – ya

    How to get there – Most people would arrive in Sevilla by plane from one of the major Spanish airports such as Barcelona or Madrid.  We recommend starting your tour in Sevilla so arriving by plane is the best

    Touring Andalucia

    Real Alcazar, Sevilla

    option.  We flew from Madrid.

    What to do – Sevilla is an absolutely splendid city.  If you are short on time, take a Free Walking Tour which will give you a great feel for the city.  Don’t miss the Cathedral, Plaza de Espana and our favorite site, the gorgeous, ancient Real Alcazar de Sevilla palace.  Book Alcazar tickets online ahead of time.  You may still stand in line by doing so, but it will be a MUCH shorter line.

    What to eat – Well, tapas are the name of the game in Sevilla, and the Triana neighborhood is the place to go.  Here you will enjoy a wide variety of tapas, elbow to elbow with locals.  We spent hours eating, drinking and enjoying Triana.  Read our tapas blog here.

    Hidden Secret – Sevilla is the undisputed Flamenco capital.  There are

    Touring Andalucia

    Flamenco, Sevilla

    many options to see live Flamenco shows.  We recommend the Flamenco Dance Museum  for an authentic and intimate experience.

    Malaga

    MAL- a-ga

    How to get there – We took the train to Malaga from Sevilla and it was super easy, fast, inexpensive and comfortable.  About two hours.

    What to do – Malaga is a resplendent mediterranean city.  Although

    Ceiling in the Cathedral, Malaga

    we were here in the winter, it was still beautiful and I can only imagine how lovely it is in other seasons.  We did a Free Walking Tour (as usual) and learned about this amazing historic city.  The Malaga Cathedral was beautiful.  We also enjoyed the Mercado Central de Atarazanas, and highly recommend walking all the way up to Castillo Gibralfaro for the views.  It’s a tough hike, but well worth it.

    What to eat – Tapas!  Yes you will start to see a theme here about tapas.  But here in Malaga it’s all about seafood tapas, locally sourced and so fresh and delicious.  Our favorite tapas we had were the boquerones (anchovies) at the Mercado Central.

    Hidden SecretThe Picasso Museum (Picasso was born in Malaga) is well worth a visit.  Even though we have enjoyed Picasso museums in many other European cities, this one was very well done and focused

    Touring Andalucia

    View of Malaga from the Castillo

    on smaller works, including sculpture and ceramics, that most people have never seen.  Bonus secret is to go down into the basement of the museum to see the 7th century ruins of the ancient Phoenicians that this building is built on top of.  Really amazing.

    Hidden Secret #2 – if your Free Walking Tour doesn’t take you to Cofradia de los Estudiants, take the time to go there yourself to view two of the cities incredible parade floats.  These floats are owned and maintained by one of 47 Brotherhoods in the city.  They only come out during the Easter week celebration.  They are a marvel.

    Granada

    Grah – NAH – thah

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    Easter float covered all in real silver, Malaga

    How to get there – we did not go to Granada, and I’m sorry we didn’t.  I hadn’t realized how close it is to

    Malaga.  You can go on a guided bus tour (the best way for a day trip) and it’s a two-hour bus ride.  If you want to go on your own, the train takes about three hours.

    What to doa guided tour will take you to the highlights of this ancient Moorish city including Alcazaba, Nasrid Palace, and the Generalife Gardens.  With a tour you will have a “skip the line” guarantee.

    Hidden Secret – if your day tour gives you some free time, don’t use it to shop because the shops are all the same as in Malaga.  Instead wander up the Camino del Sacromonte for spectacular views back to the city and the surrounding beauty.

    Gibraltar

    Technically not in Andalucia.

    How to get there – you can take the train to Gibraltar and you can also do a Gibraltar day trip from Malaga.  However, we chose to rent a car, and just make a couple of hour stop in Gibraltar on our way to Cadiz.

    What to do – I wasn’t frankly very impressed with Gibraltar.  And honestly, unless you are hell-bent on

    Touring Andalucia

    The Rock of Gibraltar.

    adding it to your “been” list, I would skip it.  It felt tired and in need of some serious TLC.  As a British territory you need to pass through passport control.  We had no problems but in the summer it can get very busy.  We walked the 3.5 km to the cable car.  The touristy streets are overrun with tourist “crap”.  We took the cable car up (30 English pounds – expensive), and it was cloudy so we did not see anything.  I imagine on a clear day it would be beautiful – but not sure it’s worth the crowds.

    What to eat – since we have been in Spain so long we decided to eat something truly British, and went to a pub and enjoyed a really good fish and chips meal with a pint on the side.

    Hidden Secret – had we enjoyed better weather, we would have taken several hours to hike around on top of the rock.  The trails looked excellent and I am sure, in the sunshine, the views are grand.

    Cadiz

    KAH-deeth

    How to get there – We drove from Gibraltar and easily returned our rental car at the Cadiz train station, which was very close to our Airbnb.  There are many trains throughout the day to Cadiz from Sevilla,

    Touring Andalucia

    On top of the Cathedral Bell Tower, Cadiz

    Malaga and others.

    What to do – considered the oldest continually inhabited city in Europe (although some will argue differently, including Sofia Bulgaria), Cadiz is packed with historic sites.  Start your visit with a Free Walking Tour. The old town, situated on a point that was once an island, is larger than I expected.  It has beautiful architecture and is a living, breathing city, not just a tourist destination.  Our favorite sites were the Roman theater, the Cathedral and Bell Tower (definitely worth the climb), the Camera Obscura and the La Caleta beach area bounded by the Castillo des San Sebastian and Castillo de Santa Catalina where we did our morning run each day. Cadiz is not on the Mediterranean sea.  Once you pass through the Strait of Gibraltar you are now on the

    Touring Andalucia

    Ancient Roman theater, Cadiz

    Atlantic Ocean.

    What to eat – Seafood is the name of the game here in Cadiz.  Find your way to Barrio de la Vina where the locals go for tapas and meals.  It’s not on most tourist radars, so you’ll find yourself enjoying a very authentic Cadiz experience at any of the wonderful restaurants there.

    Hidden Secret – The neighboring village of Jerez (he-RETH) is the sherry capital of Spain (the name sherry is  an anglicization of ‘Jerez’). It is an easy day trip from Cadiz on the train, but if  you can’t go to Jerez, we recommend Taberna de Manzanilla in Cadiz.

    Farewell Andalucia

    We returned to Sevilla via train from Cadiz for our flight.  We really enjoyed this part of Spain and I can imagine how great it is in the

    Touring Andalucia

    Fortress Wall on the Atlantic, Cadiz

    summer too – having spent a month in the Algarve of Portugal which is very close.  I hope to return again, and enjoy this fascinating country.  It is so full of prodigious history, diverse scenery, spectacular food and friendly and hospital people.

    Gracias Andalucia.  Gracias Espana.  Espero verte de nuevo.

    Fabuloso!

     

     

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